Rose McGowan calls out Oprah Winfrey for being “fake”
It would be completely fair to say that Oprah Winfrey is a titan of the Hollywood industry. The media mogul has amassed a huge fortune and kind reputation throughout these years, with million idolizing her personality and demeanor. However, she couldn’t charm Rose McGowan, who recently called out Oprah for being as “fake as they come”. And in her callout, she also mentioned Harvey Weinstein.
Rose McGowan instigated the #MeToo movement as she was the first victim of Harvey Weinstein to come forward with her allegations on the disgraced mogul. Since then, she has been at the forefront of the movement, continuing to raise her voice for billions of women who are still hesitant in taking action against their abusers. Moreover, she also regularly calls out the hypocrisy of Hollywood, who covered up for these serial abusers when they were at the pinnacle of their power. Now, McGowan has turned her guns towards Oprah Winfrey.
Rose McGowan shares a picture of Oprah Winfrey kissing Harvey Weinstein on the cheek, calling her “fake”
On Sunday, August 29th, the Charmed actress talked about her mistrust of Oprah. She shared a photo of Oprah kissing the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on the cheek. The picture was from the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. And along with sharing the photo, Rose McGowan wrote, tagging Oprah in the tweet:
I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of Oprah. I wish she were real, but she isn’t. From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning & destroying Russell Simmon’s victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard
The tweet came after an old interview of Oprah Winfrey resurfaced on social media, sparking controversy
Rose McGowan’s tweet on Oprah Winfrey came following Oprah’s name trending on Twitter after one of her past interviews with Dolly Parton resurfaced on social media. It felt like a lot of the questions Oprah asked Dolly were a bit inappropriate, for instance:
You’ve been open that you’ve had some work done, some tucks and pulls and sucks.
However, Dolly did not take her question to heart and simply responded:
Yes, I have and I’ll have some more when I need them.
Moreover, Oprah brought up Dolly’s phase of depression, remarking that it was because she turned 40. For her critics like Rose McGowan, it felt like Oprah was actively trying to embarrass Dolly Parton in front of the audience. However, Dolly simply owned up to everything like a champ and responded:
That wasn’t cause I turned 40, it was cause I was fat and 40. I really had a lot of problems at that time, a lot of female problems. Just hormones… But I’m okay now, it was one of the best things to ever happen to me because it made me take inventory.
Oprah’s controversial actions in the past related to the #MeToo Movement
Because of this clip, a wider discussion was sparked around Oprah Winfrey. Rose McGowan, along with loads of other critics on Twitter began questioning if Oprah truly is an ally or not. Back in January of 2020, Oprah withdrew from being an executive producer on Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s documentary on Russel Simmons’ accusers. And the reason she gave for her withdrawal was:
There is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision. I have great respect for their mission but given the filmmakers’ desire to premiere the film at the Sundance Film Festival before I believe it is complete, I feel it’s best to step aside. I will be working with Time’s Up to support the victims and those impacted by abuse and sexual harassment.
Furthermore, Oprah Winfrey also clarified her friendship with Harvey Weinstein, saying she never really knew what he was capable of. However, she did admit that there were some signs, like his incessant “bullying”:
I was in Chicago, in my own little world, but what I knew about Harvey was that Harvey was a bully and that if Harvey’s on the phone. You didn’t want to take the call because you’re going to get bullied in some way.
Oprah was not the only one to ignore the obvious signs Harvey Weinstein demonstrated of his unhinged behavior. Quentin Tarantino also admitted that there were signs and rumors of Harvey being inappropriate in front of women. However, he said he had no idea that it was as severe as harassment and sexual assault. Sadly, it was Rose McGowan and many other women like her who had to pay the price.